9. Re-Animator (1985)
Director: Stuart Gordon
Stars: Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott, Barbara Crampton, David Gale, Robert Sampson, Al Berry
For gore-hounds, Stuart Gordon’s cult favorite Re-Animator truly has it all: blood, guts, boobies, cunnilingus with severed heads, and the darkest of comedy. And, surprisingly, critics such as Roger Ebert and old New York Times writer Janet Maslin loved Gordon’s flick back when it premiered in 1982, the latter going so far as to call Re-Animator “ingenious.”
Not even stuffy film purists can hate on this totally fucked up take on legendary horror and sci-fi writer H.P. Lovecraft’s short story “Herbert West—Reanimator.” Jeffrey Combs, who quickly became a genre icon thanks to his role, plays Herbert West, a college student who gets mixed up with unruly medical experiments designed to rejuvenate dead human tissue. They do, but, in good horror fashion, the side effects include zombies, mind control, and dismembered bodies that maintain horny libidos.
Those who complain about the lack of originality in cinema should give Re-Animator a look—if they’re not already in the know, they’ve assuredly never seen anything else like it.